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TAFE NSW ‘Ideally positioned’ to plug young childcare skills gap, says industry peak body

Written by: The Hilltops Phoenix

IMAGE: CHILD’S PLAY: TAFE NSW will play an increasingly important role in addressing the region’s worsening childcare skills gap, says the industry’s peak not-for-profit body.

The nation’s peak not-for-profit childcare body says TAFE NSW Young will play a critical role in training the next generation of early childhood educators as a growing skills gap impacts the local industry.

It comes as new data from Deloitte Access Economics revealed early childhood educators would be one of the Riverina’s fastest growing professions in the coming years, expected to grow by 15.5 per cent by 2024-25.

Supply and Distribution Manager was tipped to be the fastest growing profession, climbing by a predicted 23.4 per cent.

Early Childhood Australia NSW president Carol Burgess said with that rapid growth came an urgent need to train more educators, and TAFE NSW – Australia’s largest provider of early childhood education training - was ideally positioned to do just that.

“The early childhood sector provides many opportunities for people to grow in their career,” Ms Burgess said.

“Someone who enjoys working with children and who wants to make a lasting impact on their lives can have such a fulfilling career in early childhood education and TAFE NSW is an important part of training our future workforce.”

TAFE NSW Team Leader for Early Childhood Education and Care Justine Poidevin said early childhood educators enjoyed a rare mix of job security and job satisfaction.

“If you have a TAFE NSW early childhood qualification you are an excellent chance of walking straight into a job, which will be even more valuable in the post-COVID jobs market,” Ms Poidevin said.

“TAFE NSW arms graduates with the practical skills and work experience to make an immediate impact in the job and help shape young hearts and minds.”

“All TAFE NSW early childhood teachers hold a bachelor’s degree and all have worked extensively in the industry.”

“Our courses are very hands on and we offer simulated early childhood environments at many of our campuses.”

To learn more about studying early childhood education at TAFE NSW, call 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au

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